Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. BPH is a common condition that occurs in men as they age and can cause urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and difficulty starting and stopping urination.
Some potential benefits of PAE include:
Minimally invasive: PAE is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require a large incision or general anesthesia. This can reduce the risk of complications and allow for a faster recovery.
Quick recovery: Many patients are able to return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Improvement of urinary symptoms: PAE can significantly improve urinary symptoms caused by BPH, including frequent urination, weak urine flow, and difficulty starting and stopping urination.
Effective treatment: PAE has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for BPH in clinical studies.
Alternatives to medication: PAE may be an alternative to medications that are commonly used to treat BPH, which can have side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, and decreased sexual function.
It is important to note that PAE is is not yet widely available. It is important to discuss the PAE procedure with your healthcare provider before deciding whether this procedure is right for you.